In Scrum Edge, you are able to track all the things you need to track to keep your Scrum project straight. If you wind up following the steps outlined by the program for you, the very first thing you will do is create your team. When creating your Scrum team, you'll need to select what role each team member will play in your project. There are three roles to choose from:
- Team Member
As you add your team members, you'll only be adding their username and email addresses, as well as indicating whether the individual is an active participant of the team or not. The problem I had with this approach is it doesn't appear to allow you to record any contact information outside of the email. This means you'll need to maintain a separate database with team member contact information in case someone needs to be reached regarding the project.
Once you've put together your team, then you may begin to add projects. When you create a project, you give it a name, select the stage the project is in (complete, in planning, or in progress), and select who the Scrum Master will be for that given project. You'll then need to highlight who the team members will be (it took me a few tries to realize I needed to click once on each box with the team member's name in order to select team members for the project). Once you've put it together, then you can save and move on to the next step.
Now, don't click on "edit" if you expect to do anything with the project. I made this mistake, and then realized I needed to click on the name of the project in order to get anywhere further in the program (again, this is where having a better navigation system would greatly benefit users of the program - you can alternatively click on "Tools" and a dropdown menu will display, allowing you to navigate the screens once you're in the dashboard view.)
Once you click on the name, you'll be taken to a dashboard. In order to get anywhere on this dashboard, you'll have to click "Add user story." This will pull up a window where you are then able to enter individual story information. You'll give the story a name and a priority; choose whether it is done, in progress, or pending; and write a description of that story.
You'll need to add a sprint to the project, give the sprint a name, choose its length, start date, and demo date. So make sure that you add your sprints. Once the sprint has been completed, you can then enter in your sprint backlog information. In order to add a sprint task, you have to have had the task listed in the product backlog. Simply select the task, assign it, estimate the length of time it will take to complete, and save.
The program doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but the features it does have are quite useful - especially if you're someone who gets easily distracted by all the bells and whistles involved in other software programs.